tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:/news Mongabay.com News 2013-02-14T17:36:35Z tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10880 2013-02-14T17:32:00Z 2013-02-14T17:36:35Z For Valentine's Day: Heart-shaped lichen in Madagascar <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/VDAY_madagascar_5336.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Heart-shaped lichen in Madagascar. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> I photographed this heart-shaped lichen in Madagascar's Ranomafana National Park in 2009. I don't know the species. Any ideas? Rhett Butler -21.269900 47.425717 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10615 2012-12-25T14:14:00Z 2012-12-25T14:18:03Z Happy Holidays from Mongabay <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/1225holiday-herp_1271.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Red-eyed tree frog. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> Happy holidays and best wishes for 2013 from all of us at Mongabay.com Rhett Butler 9.399613 -84.168112 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10606 2012-12-21T22:00:00Z 2012-12-21T22:05:43Z Best of 2012 - Colorful tiger beetle in Java <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/java_0667.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Colorful tiger beetle in Java. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> A colorful beetle in Ujung Kulon National Park on the island of Java in Indonesia. I haven't identified the species. Any ideas? Rhett Butler -6.745546 105.262585 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10603 2012-12-20T23:40:00Z 2012-12-21T00:42:12Z Best of 2012 - Voracious insect-killing machine in Borneo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/sabah_2684.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Treefrog in the Borneo rainforest. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> While most people think of frogs as harmless, to their prey they are highly-effective killing machines. This treefrog, like virtually all other frogs, is carnivorous, feeding on arthropods in the rainforest of Borneo. I haven't yet identified the species &#8212; if anyone recognizes it, please let me know in the comments. Rhett Butler 5.019298 117.746652 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10601 2012-12-20T18:16:00Z 2012-12-20T18:21:41Z Best of 2012 - Borneo rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/sabah_1981.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Borneo rainforest. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> Lowland rainforest in Sabah, on the island of Borneo. Most of Borneo's old-growth lowland rainforests have been destroyed since 1980. Most of the remaining forest in the lowland has been selectively logged, cleared, or converted for agriculture and plantations. Rhett Butler 5.664502 116.629383 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10596 2012-12-19T14:44:00Z 2012-12-19T14:59:20Z Best of 2012 - Where rainforest meets the sea in Madagascar <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/madagascar_masoala_1075.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Tampolo Marine Park. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> Tampolo Marine Park is located on Madagascar's famed Masoala Peninsula. Once a logging concession, the forest is now recovering and part of the protected area. The marine zone of the park has clear waters and coral reefs. Rhett Butler -15.737736 49.955068 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10595 2012-12-19T07:09:00Z 2012-12-19T07:28:53Z Best of 2012 - Conversion of lowland rainforest in Borneo for palm oil production <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/1D2A0223.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Conversion of lowland rainforest in Borneo for palm oil production. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> Aerial picture of forest clearing for an oil palm plantation in Malaysian Borneo. Rhett Butler 5.421883 117.626289 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10593 2012-12-18T23:54:00Z 2012-12-19T03:02:44Z Best of 2012 - Draco lizard hanging on a twig <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/sabah_3000.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Draco lizard at night in Sabah, Malaysia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> Draco lizard at night in Sabah, Malaysia. Rhett Butler 5.412099 117.964361 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10588 2012-12-18T05:25:00Z 2012-12-18T05:31:15Z Best of 2012 - Yellow land planarian <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/java_0587.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Yellow land planaria on Peucang Island, Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> Yellow jungle planaria on Peucang Island, Indonesia Rhett Butler 6.74593 105.26359 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10583 2012-12-16T15:50:00Z 2012-12-16T17:25:06Z Best of 2012 - White sand beach in Indonesia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/java_0456.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Beach on Peucang Island, Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> White sand beach on Peucang Island, off the western tip of Java, Indonesia. Rhett Butler -6.74593 105.26359 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10582 2012-12-16T15:31:00Z 2012-12-16T15:44:53Z Best of 2012 - Forest in Arizona <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/az_0085.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Forest in the West Fork of Oak Creek, Coconino National Forest, Arizona. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> Forest in Coconino National Forest, Arizona. Rhett Butler 34.996403 -111.75114 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10581 2012-12-15T16:07:00Z 2012-12-15T16:16:15Z Best of 2012 - Can you find the camouflaged frog? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/madagascar_maroantsetra_0086.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Stream frog on Nosy Mangabe. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is a well-camouflaged frog on Nosy Mangabe, an island in the Bay on Antongil, Madagascar. Do you know the species? Rhett Butler -15.499093 49.766938 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10578 2012-12-14T17:28:00Z 2012-12-14T17:36:46Z Best of 2012 - Baobab in Madagascar <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/madagascar_ankarana_0454.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Diego Suarez Baobab (Adansonia suarezensis) in Ankarana Special Reserve. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is a baobab tree in Ankarana Special Reserve. Rhett Butler -12.954668 49.133127 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10577 2012-12-14T03:57:00Z 2012-12-14T04:02:39Z Best of 2012 - Mating frogs in the Borneo rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/sabah_3671.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Mating frogs in the Borneo rainforest. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> These frogs were in amplexus on the forest floor near the Kinabatangan River in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. I haven't identified the species. Any ideas? Rhett Butler 5.412099 117.964361 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10569 2012-12-13T05:16:00Z 2012-12-13T05:24:55Z Best of 2012 - Limestone cave in Bonito, Brazil <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/bonito_0217.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Abismo de Anhumas cavern. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is Abismo de Anhumas cavern near Bonito, Brazil. Rhett Butler -21.085942 -56.60279 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10568 2012-12-13T02:52:00Z 2012-12-13T02:57:57Z Best of 2012 - Backlit forest dragon in Borneo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/sabah_3586.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Backlit forest dragon in Borneo. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is a forest dragon taken on a night hike at MESCOT on the Kinabatangan River. Rhett Butler 5.412099 117.964361 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10560 2012-12-11T20:47:00Z 2012-12-12T15:20:49Z Best of 2012 - Canopy of a Banyan tree in Hawaii <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/HAWAII1D2A9811.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Canopy of a Banyan tree in Hawaii. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is the view up the main trunk of a Banyan tree on the Big Island of Hawaii. Taken December 10, 2012. Rhett Butler 19.854213 -155.153615 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10559 2012-12-11T19:48:00Z 2012-12-11T19:56:12Z Best of 2012 - a cryptic gecko in Madagascar <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/madagascar_herps_0037.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Uroplatus gecko in Madagascar. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> Rhett Butler -18.940549 48.415969 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10558 2012-12-11T08:14:00Z 2012-12-11T08:18:28Z Best of 2012 - Jungle river in Borneo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/1D2A9931.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Kinabatangan River in Malaysian Borneo. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is the world-famous Kinabatangan River near its mouth. The Kinabatangan is renowned for its high density of wildlife despite large deforestation for oil palm in the surrounding area. Rhett Butler tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10555 2012-12-11T01:57:00Z 2013-01-08T03:17:55Z Best of 2012 - Glowing red-orange fungi in Madagascar <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/madagascar_masoala_0862.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Glowing red-orange fungi in Madagascar. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is some type of fungi on the Masoala Peninsular in Madagascar. Rhett Butler -15.734979 49.957021 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10544 2012-12-09T16:36:00Z 2012-12-09T16:45:09Z Best of 2012 - California redwood forest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/muir_woods_0035.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Redwood forest in Muir Woods National Monument, Marin County, CA. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is the redwood forest of Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County, California. Rhett Butler 37.896327 -122.576364 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10543 2012-12-09T06:09:00Z 2012-12-09T06:20:07Z Best of 2012 - Male crowned lemur in Madagascar <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/madagascar_ankarana_0246.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Crowned lemur in Madagascar. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is a male crowned lemur in Madagascar's Ankarana Special Reserve. Rhett Butler 37.269174 -119.306607 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10542 2012-12-08T16:43:00Z 2012-12-08T17:01:39Z Best of 2012 - Snorkeling in the 'natural aquarium', a freshwater river in Brazil <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/bonito_0760.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>The natural aquarium in Bonito, Brazil. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is the 'natural aquarium' in Bonito, Brazil. Bonito is famous for its clear water rivers, which are a product of the karst rock formations in the region. Rainfall is filtered through limestone, reducing sediment load. Rhett Butler -21.131262 -56.480126 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10535 2012-12-07T14:12:00Z 2012-12-07T14:18:03Z Best of 2012 - Forest dragon in Borneo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/sabah_2914.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Forest dragon in Borneo. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is an agamid lizard in Danum Valley, an area of rich rainforest in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. I was in Sabah twice this year looking at logging and oil palm plantations. Rhett Butler 5.019298 117.746652 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10533 2012-12-06T23:12:00Z 2012-12-07T02:18:05Z Best of 2012 - Rainforest of Madagascar's Masoala Peninsula <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/madagascar_masoala_0342.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Rainforest of Madagascar's Masoala Peninsula. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> Home to rainforests, coral reefs, and rich marine life in the Bay of Antongil, Madagascar's Masoala Peninsula is one of the most biodiverse places on earth. This picture shows a forest stream within Masoala National Park. Rhett Butler -15.707188 49.964134 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10529 2012-12-06T06:23:00Z 2012-12-06T06:33:15Z Best of 2012 - Giant day gecko in Madagascar <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/madagascar_ankarana_0277.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Giant day gecko in Madagascar. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is a Giant Madagascar day gecko (<i>Phelsuma madagascariensis</i>) in Ankarana Special Reserve in northern Madagascar. The Giant day gecko is found widely in Madagascar. It is also commonly kept in the pet trade. Rhett Butler -12.938733 49.120038 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10526 2012-12-05T23:33:00Z 2012-12-05T23:41:36Z Best of 2012 - Emerging cicada in Java <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/java_0658.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Emerging cicada in Java. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is a cicada emerging from its nymph skin on Peucang Island, off the western tip of Java, Indonesia. Taken during a trip with the Rhino Patrol Unit to Ujung Kulon National Park in search of signs of the <a href=news.mongabay.com/2012/0605-javan-rhino.htmlShare>Javan rhino</a> Rhett Butler -6.745248 105.261799 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10520 2012-12-05T06:24:00Z 2012-12-05T06:32:51Z Best of 2012 - Evidence of logging vs. conservation as seen above a river in Borneo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/1D2A3087.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Where two rivers join in Borneo. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This image shows the stark contrast between two rivers: one muddy where logging occurs upstream; the other dark with tannins and borne of a pristine watershed. Rhett Butler 4.775616 116.92963 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10514 2012-12-04T17:41:00Z 2012-12-04T17:52:47Z Best of 2012 - Female black lemur in Madagascar <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/madagascar_nosy_komba_0171.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Female black lemur on Nosy Komba, an island off northern Madagascar. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is a Female black lemur on Nosy Komba, an island off northern Madagascar. Today black lemurs area big draw for tourists to visit Nosy Komba, which lies between the island tourist hub of Nosy Be and mainland Madagascar. Rhett Butler -13.492216 48.335416 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10509 2012-12-04T05:10:00Z 2012-12-04T17:40:40Z Best of 2012 - Sunset off the tip of Java <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/java_0068.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Sunset off the tip of Java. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is a view from Peucang Island, off the western tip of Java, Indonesia. Rhett Butler -6.738429 105.249195 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10497 2012-12-03T05:13:00Z 2012-12-03T05:45:50Z Best of 2012 - Borneo frog <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/sabah_2700.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Tree frog in Borneo. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is a tree frog I photographed in Danum Valley in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Does anyone recognize the species? Rhett Butler 5.019298 117.746652 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10492 2012-12-02T16:07:00Z 2012-12-02T17:03:49Z Best of 2012 - Cinnamon Roller in Madagascar <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/madagascar_ankarafantsika_0269.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Cinnamon Roller (Eurystomus glaucurus). Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is a Cinnamon Roller in Ankarafantsika National Park. These birds are very common in the camp ground at the entrance of the park. They are quite vocal. Rhett Butler -16.306053 46.812008 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10491 2012-12-02T06:54:00Z 2012-12-02T14:58:19Z Best of 2012 - Nile River sunset in Aswan <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/egypt_0194.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Sunset over the Nile River in Egypt. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is the view from Aswan, Egypt in early January. Rhett Butler 24.100771 32.898203 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10490 2012-12-01T23:33:00Z 2012-12-02T07:03:06Z Best of 2012 - Turquoise water of a collapsed cave in Brazil <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/best-of-2012/bonito_0754.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Turquoise blue water of Bonito's Lagoa Misteriosa, a collapsed limestone cave. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> For the month of December, I'll be posting some of my favorite pictures from 2012. All of these photos were taken during the course of my reporting travels. <BR><BR> This is Lagoa Misteriosa, a collapsed limestone cave near Bonito, Brazil. The visibility here can exceed 40 meters. Rhett Butler -21.459589 -56.453431 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10376 2012-11-11T13:24:00Z 2012-11-11T13:36:45Z Glow-in-the-dark mushrooms in Borneo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/1D2A8371a.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Glow-in-the-dark mushrooms in Borneo. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> Glowing fungi are found in tropical forests around the world. They are common enough that their bioluminescence has a term: foxfire. <BR><BR> This particular mushroom, found along the Kinabatangan in the state of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo, is likely a species of <i>Mycena</i>, more than 30 types of which are known to be bioluminescent. Rhett Butler 5.410774 117.963797 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10367 2012-11-06T10:06:00Z 2012-11-06T10:13:00Z Crowned lemur in Madagascar <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/mad12/1D2A9457a.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Crowned lemur at a camp site in Ankarana National Park, Madagascar. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> Rhett Butler 12.934299 49.117548 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10359 2012-11-02T23:33:00Z 2012-11-03T05:44:29Z The minuscule leaf chameleon in Madagascar <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/mad12/1D2A3462.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Leaf chameleon (Brookesia species) in the hand of a forest guide on the Masoala Peninsula, Madagascar. Photo by Rhett A. Butler</i> <BR><BR> This is a full grown chameleon. Brookesia are among the smallest lizards on the planet. Rhett Butler -15.698904 49.968726 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10352 2012-11-01T17:11:00Z 2012-11-01T17:20:33Z The Fossa, Madagascar's largest carnivore <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/mad12/1D2A0831a.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>A captive fossa near Andasibe, Madagascar. </i> <BR><BR> The fossa is Madagascar's largest carnivore. While it looks like a cross between a puma and a dog, the fossa is actually related to the mongoose. It is one of the few animals in Madagascar that hunts lemurs. Rhett Butler -18.894106 48.433435 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10343 2012-10-31T01:19:00Z 2012-10-31T16:01:17Z Gorgeous Parson's chameleon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/mad12/1D2A0140a.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Parson's chameleon near Analamazoatra Reserve. </i> Rhett Butler -18.927072 48.417077 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10338 2012-10-30T23:10:00Z 2012-10-31T01:19:38Z Ankarana Sportive Lemur in Madagascar <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/mad12/1D2A9236a.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Ankarana Sportive Lemur (Lepilemur ankaranensis) in Ankarana, Madagascar. </i> <BR><BR> I just returned from 3+ weeks in Madagascar where I was looking into the illegal rosewood trade and other stories. I'll be posting a picture a day for the couple of weeks as a preview to the set that will eventually be online. Rhett Butler -12.934299 49.117548 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10270 2012-10-15T20:45:00Z 2012-10-18T20:16:39Z Jaguar skull <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/images/jeremy_hance/600/Guyana_361.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Jaguar skull in Guyana. Jaguars are the biggest cat in the Americas. Photo by: Tiffany Roufs. </i> Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10250 2012-10-09T14:38:00Z 2012-10-09T14:39:08Z A common sight: the grey squirrel <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/jlh/2011/600/minnesota_012.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>For those living in North America, this animal is one of the most commonly sighted: the grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). It is also an invasive species in Britain, Ireland, Italy, and South Africa. Animal photographed in northern Minnestoa. Photo by: Jeremy Hance.</i> Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10225 2012-10-01T18:19:00Z 2012-10-01T18:22:54Z Tarantula laying eggs <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/jlh/ecuador/Yasuni.600/Yasuni_449.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Tarantula laying eggs at night in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon.</i> Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10210 2012-09-27T06:04:00Z 2012-09-27T06:12:41Z Looking skyward in a bamboo grove <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/maui/600/maui_0472.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Bamboo forest in Haleakala National Park Maui, Hawaii.</i> Rhett Butler 20.676073 -156.056868 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10209 2012-09-27T06:00:00Z 2012-09-27T06:04:27Z Sunrise on the Hana coast of Maui <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/us/maui/600/maui_087.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Sunrise on the Hana coast of Maui.</i> Rhett Butler 20.7519 -155.982324 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10188 2012-09-24T20:45:00Z 2012-09-24T20:52:38Z Rainforest canopy tree in Sumatra, Indonesia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/rainforests/sumatra_1682-639.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Compass tree in the Indonesian rainforest on Sumatra.</i> <BR><BR> The canopy is the richest region of the diverse rainforest, and ranges in thickness from 10-40 feet (3-12 m). Countless species usually thought of as ground dwellers have adapted to life in the canopy—including worms, crabs, frogs, kangaroos, anteaters, and porcupines—where they feed on the abundance of fruits, seeds, and leaves or the numerous animals that are attracted these foods. <BR><BR> This particular image is from North Sumatra's Gunung Leuser National Park, which is best-known for its orangutans, but also supports other endangered species like tigers. Rhett Butler 3.502627 98.110628 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10184 2012-09-22T14:00:00Z 2012-09-22T14:13:22Z Baby sea turtle headed out to sea <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/costa_rica/600/costa_rica_5700.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Baby Olive ridley sea turtle headed out to sea in Costa Rica.</i> <BR><BR> Between natural predators and hazards, baby sea turtles face steep odds &#8212; only one in 5,000-10,000 survive to adulthood. These odds are made worse by threats from humans: coastal development, fishing nets, garbage, pollution, and domesticated animals, to name a few. Rhett Butler 9.275114 -83.896078 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10182 2012-09-20T23:01:00Z 2012-09-21T06:14:52Z The Borugo, a rodent of unusual size from South America <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/colombia/600/co06-1292.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Borugo in Colombia.</i> <BR><BR> The Borugo or Mountain Paca is a large seed-eating rodent found in the montane forests of South America. It is commonly hunted for its meat. Rhett Butler 4.841944 -75.616562 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10180 2012-09-20T01:04:00Z 2012-09-20T01:14:11Z Green iguana on pink flowers <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/colombia/600/colombia_3647.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Young green iguana in Eastern Colombia.</i> <BR><BR> When visiting Casanare in Eastern Colombia I noticed this young iguana in a flowering shrub. I couldn't believe my luck &#8212; the color contrast was stunning. And surprisingly, the iguana showed little fear, allowing me to approach for this closeup shot using a macro lens. Rhett Butler 4.086690 -72.369740 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10175 2012-09-18T20:36:00Z 2012-09-18T22:33:47Z Tree-climbing lion of Uganda <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/uganda/600/ug8_5905.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Tree-climbing lion of Uganda.</i> <BR><BR> The lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda spend an unusual amount of time in trees. It's unclear why they exhibit this behavior, but the park is now famous for its 'tree-climbing lions'. Rhett Butler 0.016479 30.015816 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10166 2012-09-17T18:38:00Z 2012-09-17T18:49:26Z Blue Monkey on Mt Kenya <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/kenya/600/kenya_1125a.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>The blue monkey -- also known as Sykes' Monkey (Cercopithecus albogularis) -- on Mt Kenya.</i> <BR><BR> The Kenyan government recently announced <a href=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19517183>plans to build an electric fence around Mt. Kenya</a> to discourage animals from venturing into farms and populated areas around Africa's second largest peat. Once completed the fence will be 400 km (250 miles) long and stand 2 meters (six-and-a-half feet) high. Rhett Butler -0.233459 37.490616 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10153 2012-09-16T21:12:00Z 2012-09-16T21:22:53Z Great Barrier Reef <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.com/images/nancy/pictures/au104.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Great Barrier Reef.</i> <BR><BR> Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef, yet despite its size, scientists warn it is particularly vulnerable to human activities, including agricultural pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that are acidifying the ocean and raising temperatures. Rhett Butler -22.814162 151.657562 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10152 2012-09-15T14:51:00Z 2012-09-15T15:07:47Z Red Panda Day <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/animals/images/600/animals_00205.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Red panda.</i> <BR><BR> Today is <a target=_blank href=http://redpandanetwork.org/get-involved/international-red-panda-day/>International Red Panda Day</a>, which aims help to raise awareness about red pandas. Dozens of zoos around the world are participating in this year's event. <BR><BR> This Red Panda Day the <a target=_blank href=http://redpandanetwork.org/>Red Panda Network</a> is working to mobilize support for the Red Panda Network Community Conservation Resource Center in Nepal. <BR><BR> "The goal of the Center is to educate visitors on the value of their local natural resources and the unique endangered species that call the region home, focusing on red panda," according to the Red Panda Network. "It hopes to be a demonstration site for innovative conservation technology that local villagers can implement in their own villages and homes." Rhett Butler 26.708813 86.868485 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10151 2012-09-14T17:27:00Z 2012-09-14T17:32:52Z African elephant in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/uganda/600/ug5_4763.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>African elephant.</i> <BR><BR> An African elephant in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park. This elephant was blocking the road so we waited about 20 minutes until it went on its way. Rhett Butler -0.185394 29.984207 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10144 2012-09-13T19:24:00Z 2012-09-13T19:26:03Z The Magnificent Red-eyed Tree Frog <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/animals/600/herp_1571.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Red-eyed tree frog.</i> <BR><BR> The red-eyed tree frog is one of my favorite animals. Contrary to popular belief, it is not toxic or dangerous. <BR><BR> The red-eyed tree frog lives in Central America and the Pacific coast of Colombia. It is bred widely in captivity for the pet trade and is not endangered. <BR><BR> This frog's red eyes are thought to be a defensive mechanism to startle predators. Rhett Butler 11.113727 -83.970154 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10106 2012-09-12T23:23:00Z 2012-09-13T19:19:43Z Resurrection of the nature photoblog <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/600/sabah_0226.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table><i>Forest on Sapi island off the coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.</i> <BR><BR> I've taken lots of photos in two years since I discontinued this section of mongabay &#8212; in fact I've posted more than 20,000 pictures during that time. <BR><BR> Starting today, I'm re-launching the inspire photoblog to highlight places, people, and wildlife I've photographed during my reporting trips for mongabay.com. I hope you enjoy. Rhett Butler 6.009118 116.005986 tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6750 2010-09-12T22:14:00Z 2010-09-26T14:32:57Z Farewell to mongabay's photoblog <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/10/0912farewell.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Dani tribesman in Papua. August 2010.</i> <BR><BR> Effective today, mongabay will be discontinuing the inspire photoblog. <BR><BR> Launched as an experiment in February, inspire.mongabay.com failed to garner interest from the mongabay community, drawing less than 30,000 visitors in six months. However, this end also marks a new beginning: next month, mongabay will relaunch its blog after a two-year hiatus. The blog will include elements of inspire, including regular photo posting. <BR><BR> For those who did enjoy inspire, thank you for your support and I hope you like the more expansive blog launching in October. Rhett Butler tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6734 2010-09-07T18:41:00Z 2010-09-07T21:37:46Z 3D forest mapping with lasers reveals substantial climate impact of selective logging in the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/10/0907peru.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new high-resolution airborne and satellite mapping approach provides detailed information on carbon stocks in Amazonia. This image shows an area of road building and development adjacent to primary forest in red tones, and secondary forest regrowth in green tones. Image from the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, Carnegie Institution for Science. <BR><BR> Scientists using a combination of satellite imagery, airborne-laser technology, and ground-based plot surveys to create three-dimensional high resolution carbon maps of the Amazon rainforest have documented a surge in emissions from deforestation and selective logging following the paving of the Trans-Oceanic Highway in Peru. Rhett Butler tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6730 2010-09-07T05:10:00Z 2010-09-07T22:31:31Z Collared Puffbird in the place with the world's highest biodiversity <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/10/0905Puffbird.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Collared Puffbird (Bucco capensis) Rhett Butler tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6685 2010-08-31T15:45:00Z 2010-08-31T15:45:17Z Peeking macaque <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/indonesia/kalimantan/kali9873a.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Fruit stuffed in its mouth, this long-tailed macaque peeks at the photographer from a rooftop in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6682 2010-08-30T20:13:00Z 2010-08-31T15:39:14Z Gecko meet insect <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://images.wildmadagascar.org/pictures/masoala/uroplatus_fimbriatus0130.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The giant leaf tailed gecko of Madagascar, Uroplatus fimbriatus, hangs out above a flying insect. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6671 2010-08-29T16:06:00Z 2010-08-29T16:06:55Z Colombian cowboys on the move <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/colombia/600/colombia_2078.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Cowboys in Colombia herd cattle across a river in the Choco-Darien forests. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler, 2010. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6660 2010-08-26T13:26:00Z 2010-08-26T13:32:17Z Micro frog discovered in Borneo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/10/0826frog04.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new species of miniature frog was discovered in Borneo. Microhyla nepenthicola, shown here on the tip of a pencil, is about the size of a pea. Rhett Butler tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6659 2010-08-26T13:23:00Z 2010-08-26T13:32:27Z Frog shadow in New Guinea <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/10/0826frog.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Frog near Manokwari in West Papua, Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler in August 2010 Rhett Butler tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6642 2010-08-19T14:58:00Z 2010-08-19T14:58:36Z Hanging out <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/malaysia/06/malaysia0863a.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Bats hang out in a limestone cave in Malaysia's Taman Negara National Park. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler, 2006. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6639 2010-08-18T16:24:00Z 2010-08-18T16:24:12Z Loggers' church <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/images/jeremy_hance/600/Guyana_297.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A Christian church in a logging camp in Guyana. Photo by: Jeremy Hance, 2008. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6635 2010-08-16T22:38:00Z 2010-08-17T13:21:11Z Red, magenta, orange, and yellow mystery insect from New Guinea <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/10/0816katydidnymph.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Katydid nymph in West Papua, on the island of New Guinea<i>. Photo by Rhett A. Butler, August 2010. Rhett Butler tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6628 2010-08-15T16:21:00Z 2010-08-15T16:21:38Z Triple waterfalls <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/laos/600/laos_1886.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Tad Lo waterfalls in Laos. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler, 2009. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6605 2010-08-12T16:22:00Z 2010-08-12T16:23:50Z Hunting endangers even the most untouched regions of the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/anteater.orphan.rosolie.600.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Hunters orphaned this baby giant anteater. Photo courtesy by Paul Rosolie.</i> <BR><BR> There are places in the Amazon that remain almost untouched by any kind of development. Animals here, according to modern day explorer and guide Paul Rosolie, survive in their natural abundance. They also act differently: jaguars will sun themselves in plain site and peccaries will make as much noise as they please, showing little fear of human. Yet, even these last truly wild places are coming under increasing pressure by hunters seeking to fill a growing market for bushmeat, impacting wild populations and shifting animals' behavior. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6600 2010-08-11T19:06:00Z 2010-08-11T19:07:20Z Wooden effigies of the dead <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/indonesia/sulawesi/sulawesi6652.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Wooden effigies of the dead line cliff walls at Lemo on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6595 2010-08-10T16:00:00Z 2010-08-10T16:00:51Z Eaten to endangerment: the giant forest snail <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/Abicarinata.600.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The giant tropical land snail <i>Archachatina bicarinata</i>. Photo courtesy of Martin Dallimer.</i> <BR><BR> The newest subject of our <a href=http://www.mongabay.com/profiles/forgotten-species.html>Forgotten Species</a> series, <i>Archachatina bicarinata</I> is endemic to the islands of Sao Tome and Principe off the west coast of Africa in the Gulf of Guinea. The species has likely undergone a significant decline due to overharvesting for food says researchers Martin Dallimer. Regulations on the snail trade need to be put in place if this species is not to vanish. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6591 2010-08-09T16:11:00Z 2010-08-09T16:11:58Z The tiger longwing <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/colombia/600/colombia_1404.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A beautiful tiger longwing butterfly (Heliconius hecale) in Tayrona National Park in Colombia. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler, 2010. <BR><BR> First described in 1776, the species is found from Central America down through much of the Amazon rainforest. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6588 2010-08-08T14:12:00Z 2010-08-08T14:12:20Z Jaguar skull <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/images/jeremy_hance/600/Guyana_361.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The skull of America’s biggest cat in Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development in Guyana. Photo by: Tiffany Roufs. <BR><BR> The jaguar (<i>Panthera onca</i>) is classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN Red List. The species is suffering from habitat loss and persecution. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6586 2010-08-06T00:30:00Z 2010-08-06T01:36:13Z Compounding threats--not just palm oil--put orangutans at risk <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia/600/sumatra_2806.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A female Sumatran orangutan in Gunung Leuser National Park in Indonesia. Photo taken by Rhett A. Butler in May 2010. <BR><BR> While palm oil gets most of the press coverage, orangutans face a variety of threats, including hunting by rural populations, says orangutan expert Erik Meijaard in an exclusive interview with mongabay.com. Rhett Butler tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6580 2010-08-05T13:10:00Z 2010-08-05T13:11:59Z Toad in the hole <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://travel.mongabay.com/brazil/600/brazil_0852.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An unidentified ground toad peeking out in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler, 2009. <BR><BR> If you have any information on this orb spider species please <a href="http://www.mongabay.com/contact.htm">contact me</a>. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6575 2010-08-04T09:00:00Z 2010-08-04T09:05:30Z Stunning blue and turquoise beetle in New Guinea <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/10/weevil_9159q.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The stunning blue and turquoise Eupholus bennetti weevil in West Papua (Indonesia) on the island of New Guinea. Rhett Butler tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6570 2010-08-03T15:01:00Z 2010-08-03T15:01:45Z Cheetah and African wild dogs go extinct in Cameroon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/kenya/600/kenya_3154.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A cheetah rests on a termite mound in Kenya. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler. <BR><BR> A three year study has found that cheetahs and African wild dogs have vanished from Cameroon. In addition the nation's other big carnivores are in trouble in the central-west African nation. Numerous studies have shown that the loss of top predators results in changes across ecosystems, including population explosion of some herbivores, extinctions down the food chain, shifts in plant communities, and a general loss in overall biodiversity. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6564 2010-08-02T16:56:00Z 2010-08-02T16:57:14Z Vezo children dancing on a sand dune in Madagascar <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/madagascar/600/madagascar_8037.jpg " align="left"/></td></tr></table>Two Vezo children dance on a sand dune in Tulear Arovana (Ankorohoke), Madagascar. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler, 2009. <BR><BR> The Vezo are a semi-nomadic people who live on the west coast of Madagascar. They rely wholly on fishing for their livelihood. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6561 2010-08-01T16:00:00Z 2010-08-02T16:57:39Z The humble, sometimes helpful, sometimes deadly, fly <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/indonesia/600/sumatra_1310.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Unidentified red-eyed fly on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. If you have any information on this species please contact me. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.</i> <BR><BR> Often despised at best as pesky and at worst as carriers of deadly diseases, flies are rarely favorites in the animal kingdom. Yet flies do play important roles in ecosystems: feeding on feces, dead animals, and other decaying matter flies act as natural decomposers. Some flies also act as pollinators. In addition, a number of other species depend on flies for as prey. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6559 2010-07-29T20:18:00Z 2010-07-29T20:19:01Z Alpine forest to cool you off <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://travel.mongabay.com/us/utah/600/utah_8775a.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Given that the last six months have been the warmest on record worldwide, here's an alpine forest in Brian's Head Utah to remember cold weather by. Consider it visual air-conditioning. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler, 2008. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6554 2010-07-28T19:44:00Z 2010-07-28T19:50:41Z An acrobatic chacma baboon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/jlh/okavango/600/okavango_283.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>We watched this wily gray-footed chacma baboon (Papio ursinus griseipes) for a good fifteen minutes as it posed for us in the Okavango Delta. Photo by: Tiffany Roufs, 2009. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6547 2010-07-27T13:35:00Z 2010-07-27T13:35:05Z Unidentified orb spider hangs out in Colombia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/colombia/600/colombia_2565.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An unidentified orb spider in Colombia. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler, 2010. <BR><BR> If you have any information on this orb spider species please <a href="http://www.mongabay.com/contact.htm">contact me</a>. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6543 2010-07-26T17:21:00Z 2010-07-26T17:22:02Z Weird world of corals: they can hear! <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/belize/600/belize_uw0078.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Coral in Belize. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler. <BR><BR> As coral reefs are imperiled worldwide by rising temperatures and ocean acidification, researchers are just beginning to uncover their secrets, including the fact that corals actually 'listen' for a good spot to settle. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6538 2010-07-25T17:39:00Z 2010-07-25T17:39:34Z Planned road to sever Serengeti <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/kenya/600/kenya_2693.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>African buffalo at sunset in the Maasai Mara, the Kenyan side of the world famous Serengeti plains. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler. <BR><BR> A planned road in Tanzania threatens to cut through Serengeti National Park, the southern end of one of Africa's greatest spectacles. While the government says the road will not impact wildlife, world-renowned conservationist Richard Leakey argues that the road will eventually 'kill the migration' of wildebeest and other animals that powers the savanna's ecosystem every year. The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has proposed two alternate road routes to save the Serengeti. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6534 2010-07-23T06:42:00Z 2010-07-23T06:50:26Z Ladder to the rainforest canopy: a strangler fig in Indonesia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia/600/sulawesi-tangkoko_0324.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Strangler fig in Tangkoko Sulawesi. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler, 2010.</i> <BR><BR> Strangler figs starts life as a tiny seed in the canopy. The roots grow down to the forest floor where they take root and begin to take nutrients from the soil. Gradually the roots wrap around the host tree, widen, and slowly form a lattice-work that surround the host's trunk. The fig's crown grows foliage which soon overshadows the tree. Eventually, the host tree dies leaving the fig with a hollow trunk-which is easily climbed thanks to the many openings in the trunk. Figs are often the only tree species remaining after forest clearing since their knotted and twisted wood is shunned by loggers. Rhett Butler tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6529 2010-07-22T16:04:00Z 2010-07-23T02:50:35Z Unidentified hornbill in Sumatra <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia/600/sumatra_1715.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An unidentified hornbill poses in Sumatra. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler, 2010. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6519 2010-07-21T14:49:00Z 2010-07-21T14:50:07Z Indonesian farmer <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia/600/bali_0732.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An Indonesian farmer near Gunung Kawi in Bali. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler, 2010. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6515 2010-07-20T13:48:00Z 2010-07-20T13:50:35Z Infant crested black macaque <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia/600/sulawesi-tangkoko_0457.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An infant crested black macaque (Macaca nigra). Photo by: Rhett A. Butler, 2010. <BR><BR> Endemic to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the crested black macaque is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List. The primate is threatened by habitat loss and hunting for bushmeat. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6510 2010-07-19T15:28:00Z 2010-07-19T15:28:53Z The surprisingly crafty margay <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/belize/600/belize_7056.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The small wild cat, the margay in Belize. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler. <BR><BR> Researchers have stumbled on a surprising talent of this small predatory cat: while studying the pied tamarin (a small Neotropical monkey), researchers observed a margay mimicking the cries of tamarin babies in order to bring its prey closer. While the ploy worked—the tamarins were very curious—the margay was unsuccessful in its hunt. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6498 2010-07-14T15:15:00Z 2010-07-14T15:17:06Z The shy forest buffalo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/gabon/600/gabon-28080.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The elusive forest buffalo in Gabon. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler. <BR><BR> While most people are familiar with the African buffalo or cape buffalo (<i>Syncerus caffer</i>), its forest-dwelling subspecies (<i>Syncerus caffer nanus</i>) is both lesser known and less-studied by scientists. The IUCN Red List estimates that 60,000 of this subspecies survive, but its population is in decline. Habitat loss and poaching are the major threats. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6494 2010-07-13T18:55:00Z 2010-07-13T18:55:57Z The cryptic courser <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://photos.mongabay.com/j/b_jerdons_courser.600.jpg " align="left"/></td></tr></table>One of the few photos of Jerdon's courser, and probably the world's best. Photo by: Simon Cook/Birdlife International. <BR><BR> Jerdon's courser, listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List, is one of India's rarest and most enigmatic birds. Surviving in a small habitat of scrub-jungle, the bird was thought extinct for 80 years. Given its nocturnal habits and its adept camouflage, such a long disappearance is not surprising. Researchers are working on studying the bird to save it before it vanishes again. Although more funds and support are likely needed to ensure its survival. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6483 2010-07-12T15:18:00Z 2010-07-12T15:18:57Z The last ocean <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/Ross_Sea_killer_whale.600.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A killer whale surfaces in the Ross Sea. Photo courtesy of: David Ainley. <BR><BR> The Ross Sea is considered by marine biologists to be the last great marine waters untouched by humans. In other words, its ecological integrity remains intact: this is a place where penguins, a unique species of killer whale, seals, and fish as big as a man, all thrive in a complex and whole food chain. However, its pristine nature is under threat. <BR><BR> Given that so many of the world's fisheries have either collapsed or are under great stress from overfishing, we have now turned our sights on rich Antarctic waters. The Antarctic toothfish, a major slow-growing predator in the Ross Sea, has become a recent target of New Zealand fisheries. Conservationists fear that this species—like the cod, the bluefin tuna, and the orange roughy among others—will be overfished and that our last untouched ocean will soon become as ecologically broken as the rest. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6476 2010-07-11T16:15:00Z 2010-07-11T16:16:17Z The dragonflies of Borneo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/Orange_Dragonfly_Janie_Dubman.600.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>PASIR PANJANG, Borneo – A forest is nothing if not a treasure trove. At no time is this as evident as in the early morning, when the green tapestry sparkles not only with crystal dew, but also with the delicate shimmers of dragonfly wings. These creatures range in color, size and form from the thread-thin pond damsels, to the meaty striped hunters that really are little dragons. When these animals surround one in such abundance, it’s hard not to observe their behavior, which is much more interesting than a pin-head brain might suggest; they perform complex synchronized mating dances over the water, and race each other from stem to stem. The red-winged ones do an odd, four-step, mechanical wing-twitch as soon as they land on a branch, and the blue ones never sit on anything but logs. There is a herd (what would you call a group of dragonflies?) that circles in front of the Care Center building every afternoon, with gorgeous golden black wings, but their hang-out is unknown to me, and so I’ve never managed a photo. The locals speak of a monster dragonfly (Capung in Indonesian, Sensibur in the local Dayak dialect) which only comes out at some elusive hour of the afternoon which I have yet to discover. <BR><BR> This is just one of the jewels that can be marveled at in a scrap of tropical rainforest. I say scrap because that is essentially what the 80 hectare piece of secondary swamp forest around OFI`s (Orangutan Foundation International) Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine, is. But a scrap that, apart from glittering with dragonflies, blooms with color, sings with the eerie, repetitive calls of tropical birds and overwhelms the nose with scents that range from heavenly to putrid. The fact is, the rich biodiversity that has drawn naturalists and biologists to the tropics for centuries still persists in the face of the diverse forces that threaten to wipe them out, and every surviving piece of jungle is a testament to that richness. <BR><BR> Orangutan Foundation International, based in southern Central Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), where your devoted author is currently volunteering, strongly believes in protecting tropical rainforests, whether there are orangutans living in them or nor. The greatest threat to the local forests is palm oil plantation development, and the associated clear-cutting. <BR><BR> We are currently in the middle of an ambitious project to buy and protect almost all remaining forest in the vicinity of the Care Centre, and create a private, strictly protected 6,000 hectare heath-swamp forest reserve. <BR><BR> Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6473 2010-07-09T22:39:00Z 2010-07-10T02:41:00Z Manado Tua volcano off northern Sulawesi <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/10/manado_tua_0142.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Manado Tua volcano off northern Sulawesi. Photo taken from Bunaken Island in May 2010 by Rhett A. Butler. Rhett Butler tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6468 2010-07-08T17:54:00Z 2010-07-08T17:54:41Z Boy heading out to go spearfishing <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/laos/600/laos_0550.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A boy in Laos heads out with goggles and spear to go spearfishing. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler, 2009. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6447 2010-07-07T17:29:00Z 2010-07-07T17:29:15Z Just how smart is this bee? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/kenya/600/kenya_2616.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A bumble bee ponders in Kenya. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler. <BR><BR> Research over the last few years has overturned the idea that insects are instinctual automatons. Instead researchers are uncovering just how intelligent insects are, especially social ones such as this bee. Not convinced? It turns how bees can count, wasps remember faces, and some bumblebees even communicate through a complex 'waggle dance' that uses symbolic language to tell their compatriots where to find nectar. <BR><BR> In a recent interview with Dr. Lars Chittka, mongabay.com found out about the many exciting discoveries of insect intelligence: the bumblebee in your backyard will never look the same again. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6428 2010-07-06T15:00:00Z 2010-07-06T15:01:50Z A last look and then goodbye: an island lizard goes extinct <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/selmunnett.600.inspire.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A last look at the now extinct Selmunett lizard (<i>Podarcis filfolensis ssp. Kieselbachi</i>). Photo by: Arnold Sciberras. <BR><BR> Arnold Sciberras, a Maltese herpetologist, says the Selmunett lizard is gone. Native to the small island of Selmunett, the species was lost largely due to the introduction of rats on the island. The subspecies was one of four subspecies of the Maltese wall lizard. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6424 2010-07-05T17:43:00Z 2010-07-05T17:43:28Z Critically Endangered: the hermit ibis <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/animals/080923/600/brnxz_799.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>This hermit ibis in the Bronx Zoo is considered Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler, 2008. <BR><BR> 'Critically Endangered' is the highest rating given to a species by the IUCN Red List until the species vanishes into extinction. Native to North Africa, the hermit ibis (<i>Geronticus eremite</i>), also known as the Northern bald ibis, is threatened by a variety of impacts including illegal developments, agriculture, hunting, firewood collection, and overgrazing. Most of the population remains in Morocco. <BR><BR> Currently 3,566 species are listed as Critically Endangered. However, the IUCN Red List has only evaluated a small portion of the world's known species (around 2 percent). Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6412 2010-07-01T14:37:00Z 2010-07-01T14:37:17Z Practicing for the World Cup <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/jlh/okavango/600/okavango_518.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Footballers in Botswana. Photo by: Tiffany Roufs, 2009. Jeremy Hance tag:inspire.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6408 2010-06-30T15:08:00Z 2010-06-30T15:12:06Z "I want to work with orangutans till the day I die" <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/orang1.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Pak Sia giving afternoon milk to some of his charges. Photo by Janie Dubman.</i> <BR><BR> At nineteen years old, young Sia defied his father’s wishes and began a job which he had wanted since elementary school. . <BR><BR> When Sia was 10 years old, Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas was already hiring Dayaks (natives of Borneo) for her Orangutan Research and Conservation Project in his home village of Pasir Panjang. Dr. Galdikas was Louis Leakey’s third primatologist protégée, following the footsteps of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey in studying wild great apes. The project’s original research site was (and still is) in Camp Leakey, at the heart of Tanjung Putting National Park, southern Central Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Sia started work in 1989, when the ORCP has already established three rehabilitation centres in the national park where orangutans, orphaned by illegal loggers and miners, were being nurtured and trained for return to the wild. It was at one of these Sia started his orangutan career as carer and rehabilitation assistant. That year, there were six young orangutans at Tanjung Harapan Station. <BR><BR> Today, forty-year-old Sia is responsible for over 300 orangutans as Feeding Coordinator of OFI’s Orangutan Care Centre and Quarantine in Pasir Panjang. His tasks of finding fruit and vegetables to feed the apes, balancing the food budget and overseeing the three times a day feeding are no small peanuts. When asked about the challenges of his job, he frowned for a while, clearly trying to find an answer for me, since his initial response of “Oh, I love everything about my job” didn’t satisfy me. Finally he nodded. “It’s very sad for me when we can’t give food to the orangutans on time. They get hungry like us and it isn’t their fault they are in cages, it’s people’s fault, so we are the ones that must feed and help them”. <BR><BR> In his twenty years with OFI Sia has helped orangutans in tanjung harapan as carer, in Camp Leakey as a forest research assistant, in Jakarta as a primate keeper in a zoo, and in the Care centre as all of the above and more. In fact, the father of three (soon to be four) children once proved his dedication when he informed his former wife that if she didn’t like his work with the orangutans (which she resented), she would be the one doing the leaving. <BR><BR> Indonesians are a very clean people. It is not uncommon to wash four times on a hot day. I asked him to recount his first day at work for me and he animatedly described how he bathed once in the morning, and then became progressively covered in the urine and feces of his clinging charges. Smirking I remarked that he must have had some second thoughts by nightfall. He said that he didn’t take a day off for the next three months because he couldn’t bear to hear the babies crying when he tried to leave. <BR><BR> Sitting on a fruit crate across from the Dayak with the deceptively fierce face, I wrap up with asking him what he intends to do next in his life. He replied simply “Nothing. I want to work with orangutans till the day I die”. Jeremy Hance